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The respiratory and gastrointestinal systems, according to the study of Dingle and his colleagues, account for 8.8 of the ten illnesses the average Cleveland citizen has annually. Despite the high morbidity experienced by these two systems, there has been little tendency for pediatric subspecialization in these areas and, perhaps as a consequence, there has not been produced an authoritative compilation of knowledge concerning either system. Even the standard textbooks of pediatrics have been deficient in these areas. This book, edited by Edwin Kendig of the Medical College of Virginia and contributed to by 28 other authorities, does much to fill the respiratory void. In scope the book ranges from the basic concepts of physiology and physical examination to the management of such esoteric disorders as pertussoid eosinophic pneumonia, from neonatal disorders to the consequences of trauma, and from infections to neoplasms. The organization is logical,
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